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Wake Up and Smell the Roses (Even If There are Some Thorns)//Aria Berluti

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The summer before coming to Santa Clara University, the school had sent an email to all the freshmen asking us to fill out a questionnaire describing our interests so that they could figure out which critical thinking and writing classes to place us in. The questionnaire read: “are you interested in philosophy? Economics? Science? The environment?” And the list went on. To be honest, when filling it out, I had no idea what I was interested in, so my answers were pretty random. So when I walked into my CTW 1 class on my first day of freshman year, I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that the title of the course was “Food Porn,” which I had just discovered an hour before class by checking Camino. Once I arrived, there sat the professor with two books in hand: Slant (written by the professor himself) and Eating Animals, a book about vegetarianism and the meat industry. Oh great, I thought. I should’ve paid more attention to my responses on that questionnaire. Here I was, a meat-eating student from San Francisco who had been listening to the endless arguments for vegetarianism for years and still had no intention of giving up meat. Not only is this professor going to try to convert us all into vegetarians, but he’s also going to try to make us follow the same writing format so that our papers all look the same? Ugh, welcome to freshman English. Needless to say, I left that first day feeling a little salty about this class and wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into. Continue reading Wake Up and Smell the Roses (Even If There are Some Thorns)//Aria Berluti

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Can’t Keep My Thoughts to Myself // Emma Carpenter

I was uncomfortable from the minute I walked into “Critical Thinking and Writing” at 5:25pm on a Monday–the first day of my college career. I was uncomfortable being in a new state, surrounded by new people who had new interests and perceptions of what was “in” and what wasn’t. I grew even more uncomfortable when my teacher was late and one of my classmates insisted we all get in a circle and chat. That was not me. I was also very intimidated by the idea of critically thinking and thinking for myself. I had become very good at keeping quiet and reading the classroom and then reiterating exactly what I knew the teacher wanted to hear on whatever assessment came up. In fact, if I was directly asked my thoughts on something I would mutter an “I don’t know” and quickly divert my attention. Critical Thinking and Writing? This was not my cup of tea, to say the least.

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A-What?-Ness // Ana Maria Vidaurri

I’ll always remember my brother telling me “ignorance of a law is not an excuse to break the law.” This seemed really strange to me, as I wondered how everyone could possibly know every law in every city in every part of the world. I’ve come to realize that what my brother said to me those many years ago is true, not just in judicial hearings, but in everyday life.

So often people choose to do what is easiest for them. They choose to drive a car because it is easier than walking home. They choose to go to McDonalds because it is easier than picking up groceries at the supermarket and cooking a meal. And more often than not, they choose to ignore underlying problems when dealing with intense issues, such as animal cruelty, sustainability, and violence. However, it is crucial for one to educate themselves on important issues in order to gain greater understanding of a situation and generate a clear opinion.  Continue reading A-What?-Ness // Ana Maria Vidaurri

Sharing Knowledge Is Power // Gen Kimura

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” – Nathaniel Branden

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Since I was a little kid, whenever my parents asked me what I wanted to eat, the answer was simple. MEAT, MEAT, and MORE MEAT. From begging to go to the local McDonald’s for a juicy hamburger or rejoicing when we had our annual summer barbecues, I could not imagine a life or even plate without meat. Vegetables were my enemy and fruits were just mere acquaintances. My friends were Rice and potatoes, meat’s best friends. Never did I consider how meat was produced in the United States or the atrocities committed against violence. Without meat I would go ballistic. At the end of the day, all I cared about was if I had meat on my damn plate for every lunch and dinner, sometimes even breakfast. To say I was ignorant is an understatement. But could you really blame me though? This thought process continued until my freshman year at Santa Clara University.

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First World Problems (Or Lack Thereof)// Joe Plata

      “I ordered a venti and they only gave me a grande.”  “My phone is almost dead and I forgot my charger.”  “Netflix won’t buffer so I can’t watch the next episode of Parks and Rec #firstworldproblems.”  All of these seem like major inconveniences.  How could I possibly survive without my daily coffee fix, my phone, or finding out what happens between Ben and Leslie?  Obviously none of these scenarios are preferred, but if they are the worst things that happen to a person, they can hardly be considered “problems.” Continue reading First World Problems (Or Lack Thereof)// Joe Plata

How Nicholas Leither Stole Thanksgiving // Kyle Boyce

Every American in The United States of America, liked Thanksgiving a lot… but the PROF, well he just did not. He implanted their brains with knowledge. Who does such a thing at college? This is the story of how he stole Thanksgiving, he even does it for a living.

Ignorance or Lack of Awareness 

Adam Pascal once said that “Ignorance is bliss, I wish I still had some.” Me too Adam. Me too. Thanks to my Critical Thinking and Writing Class (CTW), I have more awareness of myself and the world I live in than ever before. This awareness has ruined my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.

Sometimes life is easier when you aren’t aware

 

Everyone says that his or her grandmother is the best cook. I am no different. My grandmother works magic in the kitchen. Growing up, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. It meant spending time with my extended family, who I rarely saw during the year. But more importantly it meant turkey and lasagna. My grandmother spent the entire day prepping Thanksgiving dinner by herself. She never asked for help because she didn’t need it nor did she want it. Thanksgiving was like her gift to my family. She liked to please us through food.

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To Go Beyond // Rachel Duhe

The first task assigned in my first English course at Santa Clara University was to define what it means to be human.  Beyond varying physical features within our own species, our class made a general consensus that we, humans, are superior creatures, not because of our physical differences to that of other animals, but because of our higher intellectual capacities and psychological complexities.  We are superior beings because we can critically analyze our world.  We can combine our knowledge, experience, and emotion in order to make ethical decisions.  However, the next question I pose is “do we?”  Do we actually analyze our actions through moral lenses and change our ways when flaws are apparent?  Too often we do not. Continue reading To Go Beyond // Rachel Duhe